Once I saw

By Nicholas Hooper

Once I saw a rainbow
once I saw a smile
once I trod a path that
went for many a mile

so for all the rainbows
so for all the miles
I want to be back there again
seeing all those smiles

a darkness it can come now
to take away my joy
a sadness in my heart now
from when I was a boy

in truth I must return now
to find that love in me
that rainbow and that smile now
those things that set me free



About Dawnings:
“Every morning at around 5am I get up and go down to my studio. After a short meditation I write down whatever is in my head, giving myself fifteen minutes to do so. Then moving over to the piano (or a more portable instrument like my Ukulele when I'm away), I improvise and record a piece of music inspired by whatever words I just wrote. It is a great way of keeping both my writing and my composing going and I call these small creations Dawnings. They are mostly unedited, like sketches, so that they keep that fresh feeling of an early morning discovery.”

— Nick Hooper